Texas Takes Huge Step To Secure Border (Since Obama Won’t)
And guess who they want to pick up the bill.
More than 100,000 active gang members are a dangerous plague on the people of Texas — many of those gang members associated with cross-border crimes such as human smuggling and illegal drug trafficking. So says the get-tough governor of the Lone Star State, Greg Abbott, according to a report on Breitbart News. That’s one of the reasons Abbott just signed what the Breitbart article describes as “the toughest and most comprehensive border security plan of any state in the United States of America.”
“We are doing this because border security has turned out to be a real challenge for the people of this state, not just on the border region but across communities across the entire state of Texas,” Abbott said.
An Associated Press article shared on the ABC15 website notes that the Republican governor — citing the Obama administration’s failure to do what it should to help keep Texas residents safe — has approved $800 million for border security over the next two years.
That extraordinary expenditure will give Texas law enforcement a number of new personnel, plus high-tech tools to combat the violent drug cartels and illegal border crossings. Already in the big Texas tool box are six high-speed gunboats with weapons that can fire 900 rounds per minute.
The AP article notes:
On Texas’ shopping list is a second $7.5 million high-altitude plane to scan the border, a new border crime data center, a 5,000-acre training facility for border law-enforcement agencies and grants for year-round helicopter flights. The state also wants to hire two dozen Texas Rangers to investigate public corruption along the border and 250 new state troopers as a down payment on a permanent force along the border.
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